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EPA CITES PORT AUTHORITY FOR PCB VIOLATIONS AT JFK AND LAGUARDIA AIRPORTS; PROPOSES $289,000 IN PENALTIES FOR THE VIOLATIONS

 NEW YORK, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today charged the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey with violations of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) regulations at both John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in New York. EPA is proposing $289,000 in penalties for the violations.
 "PCBs in transformers can pose a danger, particularly if fire or ruptures occur," said William J. Muszynski, acting EPA Region 2 administrator. "The two-tier approach used in our PCB rules, phasing out the use of PCBs in transformers and requiring safeguards on existing PCB transformers, is designed to reduce the risk of such an occurrence."
 According to today's complaint, inadequacies at John F. Kennedy International airport include failure to remove two PCB transformers from buildings by an Oct. 1, 1990, deadline, failure to properly mark the means of access to the transformers, failure to mark the transformers as PCB transformers, failure to make a visual inspection of the transformers, and failure to maintain records of inspection and maintenance for the transformers. In addition, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey stored combustible materials near the transformers and did not protect the transformers from low voltage faults.
 At LaGuardia Airport, the Port Authority failed to mark a fence enclosing two PCB transformers and did not maintain complete records on the disposition of PCB material.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Breitenbach of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 212-264-7194/


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